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Ethiopian Jazz Great Mulatu Astatke Given Prestigious French Award

The 75-year-old musician was given the French Order of Arts and Letters in Addis Ababa yesterday

The godfather of Ethiopian jazz, Mulatu Astatke, is the latest recipient of the French "Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" (Order of Arts and Letters). The French Minister of Culture, Franck Riester, travelled to Addis Ababa to present the award to Astatke, yesterday, at the French Embassy. The visit is part of the initiative established by French president Emmanuel Macron and Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed to share in honoring their respective cultures.

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Listen to Nubiyan Twist's New Album Featuring Tony Allen & Mulatu Astatke

We premiere Jungle Run, due February 15 from Strut Records.

Nubiyan Twist are a 12-piece London-based collective blending a wide array styles and influences into a modern soulful sound that's been brewing out of the UK's new jazz scene.

The band, who initially met at the Leeds College Of Music. is now preparing the release of Jungle Run, a 10-track album that sees them collaborate with several artists from their circle (and a few legends) as they weave across compositions influenced by hip-hop, afrobeat, Ethio-jazz, dub, Latin music and much more.

Jungle Run features several tracks with vocalist Nubiya Brandon, saxophonist Nick Richards and Ghana's K.O.G, among others. Notably, afrobeat originator and longtime Fela Kuti collaborator Tony Allen lends his percussion for "Ghosts," while Ethio-jazz inventor and legend Mulatu Astatke features in "Addis to London."

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